Hiking Lighter, Hiking Smarter
Experiences of a Montana news journalist taking the trail to backpacking enlightenment.
Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork
Results of a BackpackingLight.com reader contest, featuring the Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork List, and "Ode to a Spork" cowboy poetry by Paul Johnson.
Almost to Katahdin: Appalachian Trail Section Hike to the Kennebec River
Section hiking progress towards the 2000 mile patch by Don "Photon" and Dave Johnston.
Boy Scout Gear List: New Scouts, Three-Season
New Boy Scouts (and your parents!), take note: going light will leave your patrol leaders in the dust and there will be money left over from your paper route.
Backpacking Light Magazine Seeks Nominations for Outdoor Industry’s Most Stringent Product Award Program
Introducing the Lightitude Award for the Best Gear of 2005
Mont-Bell Lightweight Alpine 60 Backpack REVIEW
A product performance review of the Mont-Bell Lightweight Alpine 60 internal frame pack.
Osprey Atmos 50 Backpack REVIEW
A durable and effective load carrier with an innovative back panel that keeps your back cool.
Book Review: Fixing Your Feet
"Flyin'" Brian Robinson reviews the seminal work about foot care for hikers, backpackers, adventure racers, and other outdoor athletes.
Pacerpoles Trekking Poles REVIEW
Product performance review of the Pacerpoles Trekking Poles, lightweight poles for backpacking.
Gossamer Gear Lightrek Trekking Poles REVIEW
Product performance review of the Gossamer Gear Lightrek Trekking Poles, lightweight poles for backpacking.
Leki Ultralite Ti Air Ergo REVIEW
Product performance review of the Leki Ultralite Ti Air Ergo, lightweight poles for backpacking.
An Old Dog Learns New Tricks – How Lightweight Technology Keeps me on the Trail at 70
How lightweight backpacking gear has kept the author on the trail at 70.
First Annual Energy Bar Test
Backpacking Light staff members rate six "natural" energy bars on taste and nutrition.
Mini Trangia & Liberty Mountain Westwind Alcohol Stoves REVIEW
Product performance review of the Mini Trangia & Liberty Mountain Westwind Alcohol Stoves, lightweight alcohol stoves for backpacking.
Patagonia Specter Pullover REVIEW
Product performance review of the Patagonia Specter pullover, a 6.5-ounce rain shell.
Hike N’ Light Alcohol Stove REVIEW
Product performance review of the Hike N' Light Alcohol Stove, a lightweight alcohol stove for backpacking.
Isis Vivian Jacket REVIEW
Product performance review of the women specific Isis Vivian 2.5 layer WP/B jacket with Entrant DT10K coating.
Osprey Atmos 25 Backpack REVIEW
Product performance review of the Osprey Atmos 25 small volume, internal frame backpack.
Primus TechnoTrail Canister Stove REVIEW
Product performance review of the Primus TechnoTrail lightweight backpacking canister stove.
2004 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2004 hiking and backpacking season.